Steve Shimkus

Senior Director of Sales Operations

Comcast

What was your first job?

Paper route in 1st grade; sold newspapers from 6-8 a.m. at local train station Monday through Saturday in 5th and 6th grades; caddy from ages 13-18; retail sales rep and warehouse expeditor for Service Merchandise once I turned 16

What did you learn from your first job?

There is tremendous confidence and internal pride to be found in being able to balance working (and earning some money) while simultaneously going to school. That confidence has paid off in future jobs and life challenges because I knew I could do it.

It’s important to be reliable. Once people know they can depend on you, they will depend on you. If you let them down, even one time, they might not depend on you in the future, and when they need to choose which employee(s) they want to keep (for example, after the retail holiday season), they might not pick you.

Use this as an opportunity to grow up and pay attention. When I worked for Service Merchandise, I learned a lot about growing up from two co-workers who were 4 years older than me. Neither person was my boss, but they were positive role models who pulled me aside and set me straight if I acted like a kid instead of a young adult. I don’t know if either of them will ever really know what they did to help me turn into the person I have become.